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No slip headbands, online used-car sales and more

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No Sweat

What: Manufacturer of athletic headbands with a specially designed stay-on strap
Who: Vincent E. Norment, founder of DApparel Inc.
Where: Lincolnwood, Illinois
When: Started in early 2003

There's nothing like a headband soaked with sweat and falling into your eyes to get you off your game. At least that's what Vincent E. Norment thought as he watched a professional basketball game. He saw the players struggling with their athletic headbands and wondered if there was a better way.

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